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Music Review: Bubblegum by We Are Us - Pop - New Mexico, USA | Music Discovery XO


MUSIC
POP REVIEWS

19-09-2020 17:28 GMT


Music Reviews (September 2020) - Discover the best emerging, underground & upcoming Pop artists, bands & labels with reviews of the latest songs, albums & mixtapes, music videos, music playlists, live events/gigs, concerts/tours, & other entertainment from your favorite indie Pop performers & entertainers daily on SRL Music Reviews.
Music by indie artist, We Are Us on Spotify | Distrokid


We Are Us
"Bubblegum"
Pop


Like the summer breeze

Before listening to this song you’ll need to first forget about all the tainted feel-good pop music you’ve heard this decade, possibly even further back. That shouldn’t be too hard considering the lack of substance and true to life lyrical content many, at least those on the radio have offered, sadly. So a quick shake of your head left to right really fast will do the trick. Now get all the tainted pink Taylor Swift has been wearing out of your head, there’s nothing LGBT or curious about this record. Finally, take a deep breath and prepare to feel like you did when you had your first crush. Reach for the play button really slowly. Hit it. This is going to feel a little, weird. Weird because it’s so good and its intentions are nothing but pure - that's very rare nowadays. Enjoy!

Music Review: London by Coolidge - Hip Hop - Mississippi, USA | Music Discovery XO


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HIP HOP REVIEWS

17-09-2020 16:50 GMT


Music Reviews (September 2020) - Discover the best emerging, underground & upcoming Hip Hop artists, bands & labels with reviews of the latest songs, albums & mixtapes, music videos, music playlists, live events/gigs, concerts/tours, & other entertainment from your favorite indie Hip Hop performers & entertainers daily on SRL Music Reviews.
Music by indie artist, Coolidge on YouTube | Apple Music


Coolidge
"London"
Hip Hop


Feels so good

Coolidge has been making a lot of good noise this year. From critically acclaimed solo records like “Faint Rose“ and “Lazy Anthem“, to collaborative hit singles like “KVNG“ and “About Me“, the fast-rising Mississippi hip hop star is showing that it is possible to gain mass appeal as an underground artist without necessarily conforming to any set trends; in fact, he is proving that underground hip hop artists can still set new trends in today's music industry, as he has done for several years now with various cutting edge vocal performance and production styles that are still unique several years on. Released on the 10th of August, the new track, a collaborative project with fellow Mississippi, US underground rapper, 2Verse features an infectious bounce, a super laid-back vibe and a piano melody that will take you to ecstasy.

Explicit.

Music Review: Can We Go Back by Crissi Cochrane - Soul - Ontario, Canada | Music Discovery XO


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SOUL REVIEWS

15-09-2020 15:04 GMT


Music Reviews (September 2020) - Discover the best emerging, underground & upcoming Soul artists, bands & labels with reviews of the latest songs, albums & mixtapes, music videos, music playlists, live events/gigs, concerts/tours, & other entertainment from your favorite indie Soul performers & entertainers daily on SRL Music Reviews.
Music by indie singer songwriter, Crissi Cochrane on YouTube | Bandcamp


Crissi Cochrane
"Can We Go Back"
Soul


Kiss it better

There is a song for every moment, this one is for when you are looking back at these dire times tomorrow and wondering how you got through them. Released on the 14th of August, Canadian singer songwriter, Crissi Cochrane’s pandemic-inspired single will take you on a musical journey back in time to much simpler times. It’ll melt your heart like an ice cream cone on a hot summer day and kiss your sorrows away like a loving mother. Covid-19 is a dirty word that no one wants to hear anymore, but this song is one you’ll want to hear over and over and over until the pandemic is over, and then some more so it never comes back. Don’t worry, there are no dirty words in it. Stay safe.

Music Review: The Watermark High by The Watermark High - Electronic - Massachusetts, USA | Music Discovery XO


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ELECTRONIC REVIEWS

01-08-2020 00:15 GMT


Music Reviews (August 2020) - Discover the best emerging, underground & upcoming Electronic artists, bands & labels with reviews of the latest songs, albums & mixtapes, music videos, music playlists, live events/gigs, concerts/tours, & other entertainment from your favorite indie Electronic performers & entertainers daily on SRL Music Reviews.
Music by indie artist, The Watermark High on Apple Music | Spotify


The Watermark High
"The Watermark High"
Electronic


A happy ending every time

The only instrumental album you’ll need for a very long time


To listen to this album for the first time you’ll need to take a few deep breaths and free your mind entirely, to ensure you emerge from what you’ll only be able to describe as an otherworldly experience in one piece. No, it’s not strapped with a bomb or loaded with poison – at least not unless you really want it to be. With 10 beautifully crafted tracks that will blow your mind and sedate you - and not necessarily in that order, it leaves a lasting impression that’ll have you listening over and over.

Music Review: Plankin by Giftgable - Hip Hop - New York, USA | Music Discovery XO


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HIP HOP REVIEWS

31-07-2020 18:54 GMT


Music Reviews (July 2020) - Discover the best emerging, underground & upcoming Hip Hop artists, bands & labels with reviews of the latest songs, albums & mixtapes, music videos, music playlists, live events/gigs, concerts/tours, & other entertainment from your favorite indie Hip Hop performers & entertainers daily on SRL Music Reviews.
Music by indie artist, Giftgable on Spotify | Apple Music


Giftgable
"Plankin"
Hip Hop


Just plank

“Plankin” is a New York underground hip hop classic that was way ahead of its time and will never get old. It’s a meme-themed record that ushered in the era of memes at the time when planking, one of the earliest and most exciting memes to date according to memeheads everywhere, was revealing a crazy side of humanity the world had never seen before. The craze quickly spread thanks to the Internet, and so did the record. It got so bad at one point that if you ever rushed out of your house early in the morning and found the work buddy who you had carpooled with for several years without any problem lying face-down on the hood of your car and had to drive to work with him on the hood, you got off easy. The song was featured on the popular US talent show, “American Idol” and it set the tone for the promising hip hop career Giftgable is enjoying today.

Explicit.

Music Review: Testing by Cj TheBest - R&B - Texas, USA | Music Discovery XO


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R&B REVIEWS

30-07-2020 18:13 GMT


Music Reviews (July 2020) - Discover the best emerging, underground & upcoming R&B artists, bands & labels with reviews of the latest songs, albums & mixtapes, music videos, music playlists, live events/gigs, concerts/tours, & other entertainment from your favorite indie R&B performers & entertainers daily on SRL Music Reviews.
Music by indie artist, Cj TheBest on Spotify | Soundcloud


Cj TheBest
"Testing"
R&B


Good vibes

The first time you hear this sexy, slow-burning, ear-watering masterpiece, you’ll want nothing more than to grab whoever’s closest to you and press them really tight against your body with love – don’t say you weren’t warned. This will take you back to the days when groups like KCi & Jojo and Boyz II Men were sitting on top of the world. It’s a love song about never giving up on love. Really simple, quiet and smooth vibe all the way through, yet so hot it'll melt your wax.

Music Review: Gold Digger by Cj TheBest - R&B - Texas, USA | Music Discovery XO


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R&B REVIEWS

29-07-2020 17:42 GMT


Music Reviews (July 2020) - Discover the best emerging, underground & upcoming R&B artists, bands & labels with reviews of the latest songs, albums & mixtapes, music videos, music playlists, live events/gigs, concerts/tours, & other entertainment from your favorite indie R&B performers & entertainers daily on SRL Music Reviews.
Music by indie artist, Cj TheBest on Soundcloud | Apple Music


Cj TheBest
"Gold Digger"
R&B




CJ switched up his style for this one with a Rock ‘n’ Roll beat and it worked really well. R&B and rock? One for the books! It’s the first song on his last album, “Round 2”. It set the tone for what was, and still is, one of the most promising and most authentic R&B music careers this decade. If you haven’t heard it yet, something’s wrong with you. No, really; if you haven’t heard it then your music diet is missing real R&B - that’s not healthy at all, that’s like not eating your vegetables. And no, smoking them doesn’t count.

Music Review: Legend Of Drevvy by Coolidge - Hip Hop - Mississippi, USA | Music Discovery XO


MUSIC
HIP HOP REVIEWS

28-07-2020 17:04 GMT


Music Reviews (July 2020) - Discover the best emerging, underground & upcoming Hip Hop artists, bands & labels with reviews of the latest songs, albums & mixtapes, music videos, music playlists, live events/gigs, concerts/tours, & other entertainment from your favorite indie Hip Hop performers & entertainers daily on SRL Music Reviews.
Music by indie artist, Coolidge on My Mixtapez | Audiomack


Coolidge
"Legend Of Drevvy"
Hip Hop



This is one of those merciless albums that will have you holding your head until the cows come home. Drevo Coolidge released this 8 track masterpiece on the 23rd of January to celebrate his birthday and usher in a new year and a new chapter in his career, which has reached an all-time high. It features a few classics like “Rumors” and “Faint Rose”, and several never before heard records that, after so many new singles and mixtapes released so close to each other over the past couple of years, have left fans wondering just how much unreleased music the Jackson, Mississippi underground hip hop star has in his repertoire.

Explicit.

Music Review: Wake Me Up by Amycanbe - Alternative Rock - Ravenna, Italy | Music Discovery XO


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ALTERNATIVE ROCK REVIEWS

27-07-2020 15:53 GMT


Music Reviews (July 2020) - Discover the best emerging, underground & upcoming Alternative Rock artists, bands & labels with reviews of the latest songs, albums & mixtapes, music videos, music playlists, live events/gigs, concerts/tours, & other entertainment from your favorite indie Alternative Rock performers & entertainers daily on SRL Music Reviews.
Music by indie artist, Amycanbe on Bandcamp | Spotify


Amycanbe
"Wake Me Up"
Alternative Rock


Simple

Blissful

Heavenly

 
Before you hastily hit the play button on this exceptionally delightful masterpiece and dive headfirst into something you are, to be honest, most likely not ready for, be sure to take your socks off – better still, take all your clothes off so we can call it even. Yep, this record is so good it’s liable to knock any item of clothing you are wearing straight off your body, starting with your socks. Hailing from Ravenna in Italy, Amycanbe is a band with a sound like no other musical act out there in the world. Their records are meticulously crafted, with a crispy yet ever so organic sound that’s so sweet if you fall asleep and wet yourself while listening to it you won’t even be mad. And yes, it’s that good. Featured on the independent quartet’s second album, “Mountain Whales”, it was just one of 11 critically acclaimed masterpieces that critics still struggle to find words to describe and probably will for years to come.

Music Review: Sick Of It All by Elliott Waits For No One - Alternative Rock - Illinois, USA | Music Discovery XO


MUSIC
ALTERNATIVE ROCK REVIEWS

26-07-2020 14:56 GMT


Music Reviews (July 2020) - Discover the best emerging, underground & upcoming Alternative Rock artists, bands & labels with reviews of the latest songs, albums & mixtapes, music videos, music playlists, live events/gigs, concerts/tours, & other entertainment from your favorite indie Alternative Rock performers & entertainers daily on SRL Music Reviews.
Music by indie band, Elliott Waits For No One on Soundcloud | Spotify


Elliott Waits For No One
"Sick Of It All"
Alternative Rock


Everything is exactly as it should be

A very mellow record that sounds and feels like something a lot of work went into. Every single note, every word, every drum hit; every riff, seems like it has a specific purpose and rightful place in the mix.

“Sick Of It All” was the first track Jenny and Brian of the newly formed band, EWFNO wrote together. It’s featured on their self-titled debut album, “Elliott Waits For No One” which was released on the 14th of June to critical acclaim in Illinois, USA where the band is based. As the title suggests, it's a very dull, melancholic record about, well, being sick of it all; and failing to appreciate something that has been right in front of you all along. It’s a relatable song that, if nothing else, will remind you that the sky is always blue, and that through the darkest times there is always something (or someone) good somewhere out there in the world for you.